Burnham Park, Baguio City

We were blessed to have a fair weather when we arrived in Baguio City that morning despite the rains that shower the rest of Northern Luzon. Equipped with my camera, wide angle lens, and GPS phone, we started off our Baguio trip at the famous Burnham Park.

Burnham Park is located at the heart of the city. The park was named after Baguio City’s planner, Daniel Burnham?. The man-made lake in the middle of the park is its main attraction and made the park a favorite among local residents and visitors alike.

On a normal day, you will often see locales in jogging pants taking their morning walk and exercising in the park. Visitors go visit the park for boat rentals, picnic, biking or for just a leisure strolling around the lake side. The park is also a perfect subject for landscape photographers and tourists.

360 Three Sixty Restobar in A-Venue Mall

Eat. Drink. Lounge. Party.


A couple of nights ago, together with some of my blogger friends, we were invited for dinner at the The Three Sixty (360) Resto-Bar in A-Venue Mall, Makati Avenue. The Three Sixty Restobar may not new to this area but you can be assured that a new kind of dish is served. According to Three Sixty’s chef and owner, the restaurant’s menu is a product of his trips to the different parts of the world. By adopting the Filipino taste into the recipes he learned abroad, he created a fusion unique in the dishes served at Three Sixty.

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Capones Island, Zambales

Capones Island is another beach destination in San Antonio, Zambales. If you’re not too adventurous or you’re not the type of person who would want to go through the hassle of going to Anawangin Cove or Nagsasa Cove, then Capones Island might just be right for you. Capones Island is around 15 to 20 minutes boat ride from the shores of Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. I’m not sure how much it will cost to go there since Capones was just part of the Nagsasa trip that we had weeks ago.

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How to get to Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

Nagsasa Cove

Getting to Nagsasa Cove may be difficult for first time goers. I was lucky that my friend Benj, the one who organized the weekend trip to Nagsasa, has been there once and has already learned things on how to survive a weekend in the remote paradise.

Nagsasa Cove is located in Zambales. If you’re taking public transport, it is advised that you take a bus from the Caloocan terminal of Victory Liner. They have a regular schedule for buses leaving for Iba, Zambales.  It is also advised that you take the first trip (at around 4 a.m) going to Iba. This will bring you to the small town of San Antonio. You can ask the driver to drop you in front of the town’s municipal hall which is not so far from the town’s public market.  Alternately, you can also take a bus going to Olongapo City. From Olongapo City, take any of the buses headed for Iba, Zambales.  The entire bus trip will cost you around P250.00.

Once you get off from the bus in San Antonio, go to the public market and buy your food and supplies. Don’t forget to buy coal, matches and booze.

The jump-off point to Nagsasa is in Pundaquit. From the San Antonio public market, ask a tricycle to take you to Pundaquit. Trike fare is around P25.00 per person.

Since Benj is already experienced in dealing with the necessities of a trip to Nagsasa Cove, he already arranged us a boat that will take us to the cove. He also asked the boatman to have our rice and water prepared for us. We were also able to borrow knife, grill and a cooler for our drinks and meat. There were seven of us and each paid P350.00 for the 1-hour boat ride. This covers the round trip boat ride to and from Nagsasa.

Once you arrived in Nagsasa, the caretaker, Kuya Ador, will ask P100.00 from each person for setting up camp on the island. You should also arrange with the boatman your pick-up schedule.

The entire two-day trip cost us P1500.00 / person. It already covered everything from food to transportation.

Here’s a copy of our itinerary (courtesy of Benj):

DAY 1

04:00 Leave Caloocan for Iba, Zambales
06:30 Arrive at San Antonio, Zambales
06:45 Breakfast/ Palengke (for our meals)
07:45 Take a tricycle to Brgy Pundaquit
08:10 Arrive at Pundaquit
08:30 Take a boat to Nagsasa Cove
09:30 Arrive at Nagsasa Cove

Day 2
10:00 Leave for Pundaquit
11:30 Tricyle to San Antonio
11:45 Bus to Olongapo
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Bus to Manila
18:00 Arrive at Manila

For arrangements with boat services, you may contact the boatman at 09108162974[1].

[1] No cellular reception from all networks in Nagsasa Cove.

A day in Nagsasa, San Antonio, Zambales

I must have spent most of my time with my camera during our stay at Nagsasa Cove last weekend. After we have set our camp and have eaten our lunch, I immediately grabbed my camera and tripod and started exploring the place. There were not much people that day except for a small group near our camp. In my opinion, one advantage of Nagsasa Cove over Anawangin Cove is the density of tourists that visit the place. If you’re into a serene and laid back type of vacation, then Nagsasa Cove is just right for you.

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Nagsasa Cove

If you were to be asked for a good place to go for weekend holidays in Luzon, you would likely give Batangas, Tagaytay or Baguio for an answer. But after experiencing one of the hidden jewels of Luzon last weekend, if I’m asked, I’d probably give a Nagsasa Cove for an answer.
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1st Philippine International PyroMusical Competition in MOA

For someone coming from Davao City, fireworks and fire crackers are few of the things that excites us after the ban on firecrackers was implemented in the city. After hearing that the 1st Philippine International PyroMusical Competition will be held din MOA (Mall of Asia), I got really excited. I was able to get several tickets (from my friends).

The opening night was held last February 14, 2010. It was very timely for the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. The place was packed with people wanting to watch the Philippine Team and the US Team color the skies with their stunning musical fireworks presentation. Each of them performed a 20-minute non-stop fireworks presentation which colored the skies. It was a stunning sight.  I was able to catch several good photos. It’s really difficult to get good shots because of different obstructions.

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Quiapo Church, the Basilica of the Black Nazarene

The Basilica of the Black Nazarene, or the Quiapo Church as it is popularly known, houses the large black wooden statue of Christ bearing the cross. The Black Nazarene is believed to have miraculous powers. On Fridays (throughout the year), devotees of the Black Nazarene visit the Quiapo Church to celebrate the novena. Many believes that the Black Nazarene has attributes which can heal illnesses.

The Quiapo Church sits in front of Plaza Miranda, the heart of Quiapo, Manila.

The body of the Black Nazarene brought out of the Quiapo Church during the feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene which is celebrated every 9th of January. The Black Nazarene is displayed in procession to the public in memory of Jesus Christ’s way to Mount Calvary. Devotees who walk with the procession usually walk barefoot.

The photo below shows the interior of the Quiapo Church. Devotees touch the figure of the Black Nazarene in hopes that they will be healed by the Black Nazarene’s miraculous healing powers.

Shopping for an Ultra Wide Angle Lens

D90 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens
D90 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens

I have recently splurged on my camera’s bag when I bought the Crumpler bag last weekend. My extravagant shopping didn’t end there after I stopped resisting the itch of getting the long have been wanted 11-16mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle lens from Tokina. I bought this new addition to my lens collection from Henry’s camera shop in Hidalgo.

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